German defence and security electronics company Hensoldt has been contracted to equip the Norwegin Coast Guard’s new Project P6615 Arctic Coast Guard vessels with its TRS-3D naval radar and MSSR 2000 I IFF System.
The TRS-3D and IFF Systems are currently in operation onboard the three Nordkapp-class offshore patrol vessels.
As explained by the company, the systems will be decommissioned, upgraded and then re-installed on the Arctic Coast Guard vessels.
Furthermore the contract includes an option for the upgrade of the TRS-3D and IFF Systems of the Svalbard vessel.
Under a contract worth more than € 20 million awarded by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA), HENSOLDT will deliver three TRS-3D radars including the latest solid-state technology and signal processing software and will deliver them from 2021, in parallel to the building program of the new vessels.
The TRS-3D includes a secondary radar MSSR 2000 I for Identification-friend-or-foe (IFF). It operates all current IFF modes, including the latest “Mode S / Mode 5” standard which is a precondition for joint operations with NATO and allied forces.
“I am proud that our TRS-3D naval radar has proven itself in service with the Norwegian Coast Guard, so that the customer considered its upgraded version as superior to other products”, said HENSOLDT-CEO Thomas Müller.
TRS-3D is a three-dimensional multimode naval radar for air and sea surveillance. It includes the ability to correlate plots and tracks of targets with the MSSR 2000 I identification system for automatic identification of vessels and aircraft which is essential to avoid friendly fire and to establish a comprehensive situation picture. It is used for automatically locating and tracking all types of air and sea targets and safe guidance of on-board helicopters. Thanks to its signal processing technologies, the TRS-3D is particularly suited for the early detection of low flying or slow moving objects under extreme environmental conditions.
The three new vessels will be built by Vard Langsten under a NOK 5 billion (USD 617m) contract from June 2018.
Deliveries of the three vessels are scheduled in the first quarters of 2022, 2023, and 2024, respectively. The hulls will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania.